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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The State News - CIA leak case figure will speak at Kellogg


The State News

Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, a critic of the Bush administration's prewar intelligence and husband of former covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, will speak at 7 p.m. today in the Kellogg Center's Big Ten Room A. The free public event also will include a question-and-answer session.
Wilson has been in national news surrounding the CIA leak case, which resulted in the indictment and resignation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Wilson was an ambassador to two African countries under former President George H. W. Bush and in 1991 served as acting ambassador to Iraq during its invasion of Kuwait.

The Greater Lansing Jewish Welfare Federation and MSU's Hillel Jewish Student Center, 360 Charles St., are sponsoring his speech.

Cindy Hughey, executive director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center, said the group is excited to bring someone intimately involved in current events to MSU. She said Wilson plans to discuss his side of the CIA leak controversy and his 2004 memoir, "The Politics of Truth," which recounts his career in international politics.

Wilson's involvement in the CIA leak case began in February 2002 when the CIA sent him to Niger to investigate whether Iraq had purchased materials that could be used for nuclear weapons there. He then wrote a July 2003 op-ed column in The New York Times, "What I Didn't Find in Africa," concluding that Iraqi nuclear intelligence was exaggerated to support the Bush administration's claims for war.


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